May 2014 Archives

The state will issue a request for proposals for new tests, and wants to create a level playing field in considering all bidders.

A presidential task force cites key points in the lives of young men of color that deserve special focus, including early-childhood support and graduating high school ready for college.

Maya Angelou, eminent poet and memoirist, died at age 86.

The ruling by a New Mexico judge halts work on the testing contract until the state purchasing department considers a challenge filed by the American Institutes for Research.

At a daylong symposium in Washington, civil rights leaders, educators, government officials, and program directors gathered to discuss ways to increase equity in science, technology, engineering, and math education.

More than 100 students came to Washington to present their award-winning science projects at the fourth White House Science Fair. During the event, President Obama announced some new STEM education initiatives.

Both houses of the state legislature passed a bill that would require Oklahoma to draft a new set of standards in math and English/language arts. But it's far from certain that Gov. Mary Fallin, a common-core backer, will sign it.

The dominant player in the world of geographic information systems is making free accounts to its advanced mapping software available to the nation's elementary and secondary schools.

In Oklahoma, thousands of students will now be able to move from 3rd to 4th grade despite having failed a state standardized reading test.

A photo of an arts education program for students with special needs illustrates the kinds of social and communication gains students can make.

An Education Week analysis of all the states' testing plans shows that although most states belong to one of the assessment consortia, many plan to use other tests in 2014-15.

Two arts education reports released last week highlight the variability in how schools and informal-learning environments are addressing the arts across the country.

Some suggest there's growing backlash to the Next Generation Science Standards based on their language about climate change. But is there evidence to support that?

Not long ago, Indiana became the first state to "un-adopt" the Common Core State Standards. But Indiana might soon have company.

At a summit featuring Vice President Joe Biden, 26 companies signed a pledge stating they would help advance STEM education, which included a commitment to advocate for the common core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Should computer coding be taught in elementary schools? Or high schools? Or is a better question: Should coding be taught at all?

Michigan has become the most recent state to face big questions about its assessment plans under the Common Core State Standards.

Based on a new analysis from the NAEP governing board, only 39 percent of 12th graders are ready for entry-level college courses in math and 38 percent in reading.

The latest round of NAEP results for 12th graders delves into a variety of contextual factors, including math courses students have taken and their attitudes toward reading.

What accounts for the stagnation in NAEP reading and math achievement over time? It's complicated.

Museums can be exciting new hubs of learning for students, especially when using digital tools, explains a new webinar.

Elementary students spend nearly a third of their time off task, with distractions more likely to happen when they are working on their own or receiving whole-group instruction.

An examination of what students choose for their "outside" reading in grades 1 through 12 shows disconcerting patterns taking hold in middle school.

This is the last year the AP U.S. History exam will appear in its current format—for 2014-15, the College Board is redesigning both the course and the exam.

The performance of high school seniors in both subjects stayed the same compared with 2009. Only 26 percent of students scored proficient or above in math in 2013; for reading, the figure was 37 percent.

A new survey finds also finds that students are surprisingly supportive of tests, when they're being used to chart their learning and help them improve.

In this video, a 3rd grade teacher describes the impact of having fewer math standards to teach.

Two new polls poke into Americans' attitudes about the common-core standards by political viewpoint, and come up with different conclusions.

It's far from a universally held idea that teachers should spend time explaining what engineering is to kindergartners and 1st graders.

The revised cost means that the PARCC tests are now more affordable for most of its state members than the tests they're currently using.

The common core does require some nontraditional teaching methods in math—but using number sentences and having students show their work are not among them.

Winners of a national STEM contest, honored today in Washington, set out to solve community-based problems, including figuring out how to prevent garbage from entering local waterways and evaluating students' walking routes for safety.


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